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Timor-Leste: UN mission reduced, with eye towards phase-out by May 2005

14 May 2004 The Security Council decided unanimously today to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) for another six months, reduce its size, put more emphasis on training and advisory services and phase it out by May of next year.

Under the new resolution, UNMISET's mandate would consist of "support for the public administration and justice system of Timor-Leste and for justice in the area of serious crimes; support to the development of law enforcement in Timor-Leste; (and) support for the security and stability of Timor-Leste," as outlined in Secretary-General Kofi Annan's report.

For this new role, UNMISET would include up to 58 civilian advisers, 157 civilian police advisers, 42 military liaison officers, 310 formed troops and a 125-person International Response Unit, all of whom would integrate internationally accepted human rights principles into their training and capacity-building work, the Council said.

The Council also reaffirmed the need to fight against impunity and called on the international community to lend its support in this regard. It emphasized that the Serious Crime Unit should complete all its investigations by next November and should conclude all trials no later than 20 May 2005, the intended expiration of the UN Mission.

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